2021 NSW Local Government Elections

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2021 NSW Local Government Elections
Saturday 4 December 2021

Early Voting

Local Government Election will be held across NSW, including Woollahra Municipal Council, on Saturday 4 December 2021.

Due to COVID restrictions, the election was postponed from 4 September 2021.

The decision has been made after extensive consultation with and on advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Local government elections in New South Wales are usually held every four years. However, the elections planned for 2020 were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can find information regarding the 2020/21 postponed elections on the NSW Electoral Commission website

This page will be updated as information comes to hand.

For more details see:  Your guide to voting at the NSW Local Government elections

Find your Ward

The Woollahra municipality, or local government area, is divided into five wards:

  • Bellevue Hill Ward
  • Cooper Ward
  • Double Bay Ward
  • Paddington Ward
  • Vaucluse Ward

Search our ward map to determine what ward your street is located in the Woollahra municipality.

Voting eligibility

If you are a resident in the Woollahra Council Local Government Area (Woollahra LGA) you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission.

A person is entitled to vote at a council election if they are:

  • at least eighteen years of age and an Australian citizen
  • a resident of the council's area or a non-resident owner of rateable land or an occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land in the council's area.

Each person has only one vote for any council, and voting is compulsory for residents (but not for people on the non-residential roll). If you are unable to vote on Election Day due to disability, illness or travel you can apply for a postal vote or a pre-poll vote. There is no absentee voting in council elections.

Please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website for further information regarding postal and pre-poll voting.

Early Voting Options

Voting is compulsory. Every person whose name is on a Council’s residential roll for a NSW Local Government election must vote in the Election.  To check if and where you are enrolled to vote on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website: elections.nsw.gov.au.

Early voting options for Woollahra Municipal Council are provided below:

Voting early in person

Pre-Poll (early) voting begins on Monday 22 November and ends on Friday 3 December.  Early voting in person is available to all voters at these elections to help us stay COVID-Safe.

Pre-Poll venues for Woollahra Local Government Elections are:

  • Woollahra Returning Officer’s Office
    Level 4, 202-233 New South Head Road, Edgecliff NSW 2027
    Opening Hours: 22 November 2021 – 3 Dec 2021  
    Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Church in the Marketplace
    400 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
    Opening Hours: 22 November 2021 – 3 Dec 2021
    Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Voting by post*

If your circumstances make it difficult for you to go to a voting centre on election day, you may be eligible to apply for a postal vote. You can apply if you:

  • believe that attending a voting centre on election day will place your personal safety or the safety of your family at risk.
  • will be outside NSW
  • ​will be more than 8km from a voting centre on election day
  • will be travelling and unable to attend a voting centre on election day
  • have serious illness or condition that prevents you from attending a voting centre on election day
  • are approaching maternity
  • have religious membership or beliefs that prevent you from attending a voting centre on election day
  • are in a correctional centre and prevented from attending a voting centre on election day
  • are caring for a person outside of a hospital setting, which prevents you from attending a voting centre on election day
  • will be working on election day
  • are a silent elector
  • are a person with a disability.

You can apply for a postal vote online at https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/Contact-us or by sending the NSW Electoral Commission an application in the post to 231 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000.

You must apply for a postal vote for each election unless you have registered as a general postal voter. General postal voters do not need to apply for a postal vote as they will be sent ballot papers automatically.

Your postal vote application must be completed and received by 5pm, Monday 29 November. Ballot papers are not available until after nominations close for the election at 12 noon on Wednesday 3 November 2021. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible so that you can be sent voting material before election day. The NSW Electoral Commission must receive your application at the NSW Electoral Commission by 5pm on Monday 29 November and the returning officer must receive your completed ballot papers by 6pm on Friday 17 December.

*Subject to eligibility. Check your eligibility at elections.nsw.gov.au.

Voting online*

Eligible voters may be able to apply to use the NSW Electoral Commission's technology-assisted voting platform, iVote, at these elections.

Eligible voters can register online at elections.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1300 24 86 83.

Applications will open from 9am, Monday 22 November and applications close at 1pm, Saturday 4 December. Voting using iVote closes at 6pm, Saturday 4 December.

*Subject to eligibility. Check your eligibility at elections.nsw.gov.au.

For further information please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website elections.nsw.gov.au.

Become a Councillor

If you're passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a Councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents.

For more information on how to become a Councillor please see the Office of Local Government website.

Six Steps to being a Candidate

The NSW Electoral Commission has released "Six Steps to being a Candidate" and also a publication known as the "Candidate Handbook" which provides information to candidates and councils. View a copy of the Candidate Handbook.

For more information visit the NSW Electoral Commission website for the Six steps to being a candidate.

Stand for your Community - Diversity Counts

Stand for your Community - Diversity Counts

People from all walks of life are encouraged to stand for their community and run for election to their local council as part of a new campaign to increase diversity in local government.

The NSW Government’s Stand for Your Community – Diversity Counts campaign aims to increase the number of candidates from under-represented groups at the September 4 council elections. The campaign is targeting women, younger people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, and members of culturally-diverse communities. It is paramount that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have a seat at the decision-making table in the level of government closest to the community.

Increasing Indigenous representation in local government would ensure Aboriginal culture, heritage and beliefs are taken into account when councils make important decisions for their local communities. The Government is also determined to close the gender gap in local government.

Less than a third of the state’s 1,300 councils are women and that’s why we must do all we can to increase female representation at a council level. It is also essential that local councils reflect our culturally diverse communities which bring many benefits to the State.

The Office of Local Government has also launched a comprehensive online training tool and guides for candidates to provide them with detailed information about running for election and the role and responsibilities of a councillor.

For more information about Stand for Your Community – Diversity Counts campaign, visit the Office of Local Government.

Key dates for the election

Key dateEvent
Monday, 25 October 2021 Close of electoral rolls (6pm)
Candidate nominations open
Wednesday, 3 November 2021 Close of candidate nominations (12pm)
Registration of electoral materials commences
Friday, 5 November 2021 Caretaker period commences
Monday, 22 November 2021 Pre-poll voting opens
Friday, 26 November 2021 Registration of electoral material closes (5pm)
Monday, 29 November 2021 Postal vote applications close (5pm)
Friday, 3 December 2021 Declared institutions voting closes (6pm)
Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
Saturday, 4 December 2021 Election day (8am-6pm)
Friday, 17 December 2021 Return of postal votes closes (6pm)
Note: It is important to note that electors should still return their postal vote as soon as possible.
Tuesday, 21 December to
Thursday, 23 December 2021
Declaration of the Poll - results declared progressively as counts finalised by election manager

For more information on local government elections, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.